Stubby the War Dog

Stubby the War Dog

The True Story of World War I 's Bravest Dog

Book - 2014
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Move over, Rin Tin Tin. Here comes Sgt. Stubby! That German shepherd star of the silver screen may have been born behind enemy lines during World War I, but Stubby, the stump-tailed terrier, worked behind enemy lines, and gained military honors along the way. Private Robert Conroy casually adopted the orphan pup while attending basic training on the campus of Yale University in 1917. The Connecticut volunteer never imagined that his stray dog would become a war hero. He just liked the little guy. When Conroy's unit shipped out for France, he smuggled his new friend aboard. By the time Stubby encountered Conroy's commanding officer, the dog had perfected his right-paw salute. Charmed, the CO awarded Stubby mascot status and sent him along with Conroy's unit to the Western Front. Stubby's brave deeds earned him a place in history and in the Smithsonian Institution where his stuffed body can still be seen. Almost 100 years later, Stubby's great deeds and brave heart make him an animal hero to fall in love with and treasure all over again.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2014]
ISBN: 9781426314865
Branch Call Number: D639.D6 B374 2014 (JUV)
Characteristics: 72 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Aug 06, 2018

Incredibly well done non-fiction children’s book about a WW1 dog hero named Stubby. Created by the National Geographic Society this book is well detailed about life in the trenches for both soldiers and animals and recounts in a chronological style the life of Stubby. It is well documented with pictures from the era and it is well researched. It even includes an index and citations. Definitely a good read as both an education tool and for general interest.

Stubby was a homeless Boston terrier when he adopted enlisted man James Conroy in an Army camp. Their bond was so strong that Conroy smuggled Stubby on board the Army transport. They stayed together in the trenches, where Stubby was adopted by the whole company, and eventually returned home together. Illus. with period photos.

Jun 20, 2014

Stubby is a wonderful story not only about the stray dog, and his loving owner but about how Stubby helped in so many ways during WWII. I'm so glad it was saved and written.


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